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Before using your product, you must activate it in accordance with its license agreement. To activate a product, you must first purchase a license. For information on purchasing licenses, contact your local NI sales representative or visit ni.com/niglobal.
Complete the following steps to activate your NI products:
If you activated through your NI software, you can use the product immediately after successful activation.
Activation is the process of obtaining an activation code to enable your software to run on your computer. An activation code is an alphanumeric string that verifies the software, version, and computer ID to enable features on your computer. Activation codes are unique and are valid on only one computer.
The NI Licensing Wizard is a part of NI License Manager that leads you through the process of enabling software to run on your machine.
Your serial number uniquely identifies your purchase of NI software. You can find your serial number on the Certificate of Ownership included in your software kit, or you can visit ni.com/info and enter the Info Code SerialNumbers_en.
If you have installed a previous version using your serial number, you can find the serial number by selecting the Local Licenses tab within the application and looking in the Serial Number column. You can also contact your local NI branch at ni.com/contact.
The computer ID is a 16-character value that uniquely identifies your computer. NI requires this information to enable your software. You can find your computer ID through the NI Licensing Wizard or by using NI License Manager, as follows:
For more information about product activation and licensing, refer to ni.com/activate.
You can evaluate most NI products, in accordance with the license agreement. Evaluation terms vary, depending on which product you want to evaluate. Refer to your product documentation for specific information on the product's evaluation mode.
To transfer your software to another computer, uninstall the software on the first computer, then install and activate it on the second computer. You can transfer your software from one computer to another; you do not need to contact or inform NI of the transfer. Because activation codes are unique to each computer, you will need a new activation code. Refer to the How do I Activate my Software? section of this topic to learn how to acquire a new activation code and reactivate your software.
To deactivate a product and return it to its preactivation state, select the Product Summary tab and click Deactivate from the ribbon. Alternatively, select the Local Licenses tab, select or right-click the active license, and select Deactivate. If the product was in evaluation mode before you activated it, the properties of the evaluation mode may not be restored.
NI License Manager does not support Microsoft Windows Guest accounts. You must log in to a non-Guest account to run licensed NI application software.